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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jan 3, 2014 7:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where's Waldo?

I don't fear the corporate embrace of marijuana production at all. We have Budweiser alongside microbrews. I don't see why pot is any different.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jan 3, 2014 9:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where's Waldo?

I can choose from a hundred different microbrews...at Safeway. Many from tiny local breweries (not Redhook/Pyramid/New Belgium). I love living in a civilized part of the world.

So go ahead and have some Budweiser Bud for 2$ a gram. It'll taste like cat piss and give you a headache - like their other "product" which I refuse to call beer.

I'll just choose to buy the local micro-herb IPA at 12$ gram instead.


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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 3, 2014 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where's Waldo?

But as someone who represents a microbrew, please note that a lot of the "craft beer" industry is now bottled and distributed under brewing contracts with the big boys, which has had, at times (and certainly with my client), an adverse impact on quality.

I also saw the big British brewing concerns come into the Czech Republic and muck some things up. A bit dated, but right around the time I "left":

http://www.businessweek.com/stories/1996-08-25/the-czechs-are-being-invaded-by-brewers-intl-edition

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jan 3, 2014 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where's Waldo?

Yeah, I think we made this Czech connection once before during a Dylan discussion. I spent about eight months over there, wow, coming on twenty years ago now! Don't seem to regret missing the GD's '94 tours very much. But I did at least catch Dylan over there in Prague. Great show too.

As for the beers, are you talking about their domestic production or their exports? I agree that the exports taste nothing like what you get there, but has there been a drop in quality in the pivovars too? Ježíš Maria! Remember Kozel? I went to their big festival when I was there in Velkopopvice. What a blast that was.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 3, 2014 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where's Waldo?

Not only do I remember Kozel, but the my wife's great aunt worked at the pivovar (brewery) and the goat on the label is to symbolize a goat the used to kick on the door at the brewery and she (and others) would feed kolace. I have a couple of nice kozel mugs at home - as well as some "schwag". My wife's favorite beer is their dark kozel. And she and I were at that Dylan show - she didn't think she knew Dylan tunes until she realized so many "traditional" Czech campfire songs she'd been singing a lot of her life were his. Before that show, he and Havel walked together across charles bridge and apparently Dylan gave Havel a notebook of his original lyrics.

To answer your question, it's my understanding that they did screw up some of the local brews, but apparently there has also been a revival of small local breweries that pretty much just market in their area in partial response to the same.

Let's not get started on the Budvar/Budweiser fight...

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jan 3, 2014 12:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where's Waldo?

Wow, that's wild. I remember their ads, which used the feminine "Kozla." I was told that basically amounted to "Grab yourself some pussy." I got a tour of the brewery and everything.

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Jan 3, 2014 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Where's Waldo?

You might be right? No longer a consumer so I don't have a horse in the race.
My issue is more with the government than the big corporations. I just know what a person can do for themselves is usually better than what govt. or corporation will do in this area.(I grew up in Florida as a teen)
Great promo opportunities on the corporate end-
what band wouldn't mind being sponsored by Ganja Inc.